First Lockheed Martin F-35As Report To Nellis AFB For Operational Testing

Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:00pm EDT

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FORT WORTH, Texas,  March 19, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Four Lockheed Martin (NYSE:
LMT) F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft were officially
welcomed by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
during a commemorative ceremony today. The jets are assigned to the 422 Test and
Evaluation Squadron of the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group.  

"For more than 50 years, it's been our privilege to support the Air Force
mission, and we're honored to deliver the first four F-35A CTOL aircraft to Air
Force Warfare Center," said  Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. "The work done by the Nellis team will forge the
F-35 into the fighter of the future and test it to its limits.  Their skilled
pilots and maintainers will take the F-35's performance to new heights and
define the tactics the F-35 will one day use to defend freedom around the

The first four operational-coded 5th  generation F-35A CTOL fighters to Nellis
marks the beginning of operational testing and evaluation at the base. To date,
24 CTOL aircraft have been delivered to the Air Force and 58 aircraft to the
Department of Defense.  

The 422nd  TES is a composite squadron that executes Operational Test &
Evaluation for the F-35.  The squadron conducts tactics development, foreign
materiel exploitation, and special access programs to optimize system combat
capability. By 2019, a total of 12 F-35As will be assigned to the base for
testing and evaluation.  

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th  generation fighter, combining advanced stealth
with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled
operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will
replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy,
the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of
fighters for at least ten other countries.

Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners,
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.  

Headquartered in  Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally
engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and
sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The
corporation's net sales for 2012 were  $46.5 billion.

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